Sugar cookies are such a classic holiday treat.

But sometimes around the holidays I’m so busy I don’t even have time to bake cookies. Enter a pan of bars.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - Sugar cookies in bar form with SPRINKLES baked in and on top!! So much faster than making cookies and a great holiday baking SHORTCUT!!

I love making bars because they’re faster and easier than cookies, there’s no dough to chill, and no need to form individual cookies with a cookie scoop. Just press the dough into a pan, bake, and you’re set.

To make this recipe even easier, I used a box of Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix that I doctored up with sprinkles. Use flat sprinkles (jimmies) because they’re nice and soft.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - Sugar cookies in bar form with SPRINKLES baked in and on top!! So much faster than making cookies and a great holiday baking SHORTCUT!!

The bars are buttery soft in the middle with a bit of chewiness around the edges and have nice texture from the baked-in sprinkles.

After baking I frosted the bars with cream cheese frosting. Everything is better with cream cheese frosting. And more sprinkles.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - Sugar cookies in bar form with SPRINKLES baked in and on top!! So much faster than making cookies and a great holiday baking SHORTCUT!!

You can cheat and use a tub of storebought cream cheese frosting if you’re extra pressed for time.

Aren’t we all around the holidays.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - Sugar cookies in bar form with SPRINKLES baked in and on top!! So much faster than making cookies and a great holiday baking SHORTCUT!!

Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Yield: one 8x8-inch pan

Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 29 minutes
Additional Time 21 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Sugar cookies are such a classic holiday treat but sometimes around the holidays I’m so busy I don’t even have time to bake cookies. Bars are faster and easier than cookies, there’s no dough to chill, and no need to form individual cookies. Just press the dough into a pan and bake. The bars are buttery soft in the middle with a bit of chewiness around the edges and have nice texture from the baked-in sprinkles. After baking I frosted the bars with cream cheese frosting and you can use storebought to save time.

Ingredients

Bars

  • one package Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix

Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup red, green, and white holiday flat sprinkles (jimmies)

Frosting

  • one tub storebought whipped cream cheese frosting
  • OR
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened (lite okay)
  • 1/4 cup (half of 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons red, green, and white holiday sprinkles (jimmies or your favorite)

Instructions

  1. Bars – Heat oven to 350F, line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a large bowl aedd the packet of cookie mix, butter, egg, and mix or stir to combine.
  3. For the full recipe, visit Krusteaz

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 394Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 217mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 0gSugar: 33gProtein: 2g

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